Ben Bradford

BB7’s people-focused CEO prides himself on his approachability. He keeps in touch with as many people as possible and considers seeing people grow personally and professionally a business imperative. He prides himself on knowing where each of his people is in their career journey and places a lot of weight on shaping, nurturing, and enforcing our values and culture. As we progress towards our 2030 vision, Ben has the foresight and acumen to navigate this complex business landscape and drive sustainable growth.

Why the name BB7? Ben founded the company on SEVEN guiding principles. These are our values and they describe the unique character, spirit and identity that are embedded in BB7.  Ben is adamant that we must get this stuff right, because we do not want to be just another organisation.

Under Ben’s stewardship, the firm now has a network of offices throughout the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. He’s an MBA with significant board-level experience in both commercial organisations and not-for-profit professional bodies. He was an executive Director in a multi-national fire engineering firm, a Non-Executive Director at the RICS and former President and Chairman of the board at the Chartered Association of Building Engineers. In 2019, the Mayor of London appointed him as a Non-Executive Director as part of the Skills for Londoners, Business Partnership.

He studied Building Surveying, Building Engineering and holds dual professional status as a Chartered Engineer and Chartered Surveyor and the passion he has for the company and his profession is unmistakable. For Ben it’s all about purpose, it’s not enough to simply practice engineering or risk management; he aims to make a significant contribution to the development of these professions.  He understands that to be a professional we must contribute to the public good and that leadership is an opportunity to serve and uplift people and communities.

Daria Polunina

Daria joined the BB7 board in January 2024 and represents our investor BGF on the board of several portfolio companies.

Daria joined BGF in January 2022 to support the growing portfolio. Prior to BGF, she was at Saphir Capital Partners – Luxembourg-based Private Equity and Corporate Finance advisory – where she spent 10 years working in Luxembourg, Paris, and London offices on various international M&A deals, as well as managing the UK and Ireland-based portfolio companies. She has worked on transactions and researched the markets of the UK, France, Benelux, Italy, USA, Caribbean, and Singapore.

She holds a Masters in Finance from Cass Business School (now known as Bayes).

Koby Dankwah

Koby is an accomplished financial executive with over 15 years of experience, specialising in leading medium-sized businesses through periods of growth and transformation. As the Chief Financial Officer of BB7, Koby brings a wealth of expertise in financial management, strategy, and operations within private equity-backed businesses.

Prior to joining BB7, Koby served in senior finance roles in several PE-backed businesses, accompanied with a proven track record of successful exits. With a solid foundation in finance, Koby earned his Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Finance from the University of Hertfordshire and is a fellow member of the ICAEW (FCA).

Koby is not only proficient in financial management but also excels in leadership and communication. He fosters a collaborative work environment, empowering his team to achieve their full potential and aligning financial goals with overall business objectives. His transparent communication style and commitment to integrity foster trust and confidence among stakeholders.

Outside of work, Koby lives with his wife and two children in London, often escaping the big city and exploring the Garden of England, Kent.

Katie Beck

Katie has a background in finance and private equity. She has over 20 years of experience investing in and working with UK businesses across a range of sectors, with a focus on service-orientated businesses in regulated markets.

Alongside her role at BB7, Katie chairs Finatal, a leading private capital recruitment specialist, and works as a partner and advisor to Agathos Management, a London-based private equity firm investing in UK SMEs.

Prior to her current roles, Katie was a Partner and Head of Portfolio at August Equity LLP and previously held roles at Doughty Hanson LLP, Darwin Private Equity LLP and Lazard.

Ben Bradford

BB7’s people-focused CEO prides himself on his approachability. He keeps in touch with as many people as possible and considers seeing people grow personally and professionally a business imperative. He prides himself on knowing where each of his people is in their career journey and places a lot of weight on shaping, nurturing, and enforcing our values and culture.

Why the name BB7? Ben founded the company on SEVEN guiding principles. These are our values and they describe the unique character, spirit and identity that are embedded in BB7.  Ben is adamant that we must get this stuff right, because we do not want to be just another organisation.

Under Ben’s stewardship, the firm now has a network of offices throughout the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. He’s an MBA with significant board-level experience in both commercial organisations and not-for-profit professional bodies. He was an executive Director in a multi-national fire engineering firm, a Non-Executive Director at the RICS and former President and Chairman of the board at the Chartered Association of Building Engineers. In 2019, the Mayor of London appointed him as a Non-Executive Director as part of the Skills for Londoners, Business Partnership.

He studied Building Surveying, Building Engineering and holds dual professional status as a Chartered Engineer and Chartered Surveyor and the passion he has for the company and his profession is unmistakable. For Ben it’s all about purpose, it’s not enough to simply practice engineering or risk management; he aims to make a significant contribution to the development of these professions.  He understands that to be a professional we must contribute to the public good.

Linda Douglas

Linda joined BB7 in May 2016 and began formalising HR within the business working closely with the CEO to embed the company values and vision. Since then HR at BB7 has remained focused on our number one value – People.

Linda continues her dedication on acquiring and managing the human resources function required for long-term sustainable success within BB7. In addition to traditional resource planning, recruiting and retention strategies, her role also encompasses executive coaching, leadership development and succession planning.

Our passionate people are what makes the company succeed and focusing on their engagement, wellbeing and enjoyment at work remains our focus, enabling our culture to thrive.

Linda’s role includes being an ambassador for workforce spending, who can demonstrate the benefits by impact on ROI. She is able to analyse human capital data and industry trends to guide recommendations on company policy. She enjoys building culture to improve employee retention, as well as aid in talent acquisition.

Linda continues to facilitate and build relationships to access new talent pools and lead change management efforts as they relate to human capital.

Linda will drive HR in the coming years, bringing the team with her into new and innovative ways of working and growing, embarking on campaigns and ideas to further support our people in their career journeys.

Nick Dension-Pender

Having studied Manufacturing Systems Engineering at university, Nick has had a career focussing on scaling businesses across the world. Having worked extensively in Africa, India and the US, he now leverages his most recent experience optimising the operating model, delivering the growth strategy and leading the operational team here at BB7.

Before joining BB7 as Chief Operating Officer, Nick spent 12 years as COO for a private equity-backed pharmaceutical consultancy, Prescient Healthcare Group. He helped grow the business to service clients from 8 offices across 3 continents and by the time he left, Prescient employed more than 500 highly skilled scientists.

Outside of work, Nick lives with his wife and 4 children in Scotland. He is often found walking and running the hills or spending time exploring the endless lochs and coastlines of Scotland by boat.